©July 31, 2011 Revive Israel Ministries
Eddie and Jackie Santoro
are overjoyed when we consider all that God is doing at this time. There
are mornings filled with powerful intercession and prayer. The Word of God
and the Good News of Yeshua is being shared with many Israelis. Connections
are being made
and deepening with believers all over the world. The congregation is growing
and young Israelis are teaching in our main meetings and home groups. New
couples are getting engaged; there are weddings throughout the year and babies
are being born.
An Israeli woman had been deeply touched while attending one of our home meetings
in Jerusalem. Several families from the congregation have poured love and
time into her life and she recently asked if she could be immersed.
Daniel, a recent Israel believer in our discipleship program heard about
the upcoming immersion, he asked to be immersed as well. When we made the
announcement in the congregation, three beautiful children from one family,
ages 16, 11 and 8 came (with parents' blessing, of course) and said that
they had decided that the time had come for them to be immersed.
So this Shabbat twenty five of us gathered on the hill where the Ark of the
Covenant rested many years before as King David endeavored to bring it up to
Jerusalem. From the moment we arrived the anointing of God was upon us. We
sat together under the trees looking out towards the mountains that surround
Jerusalem. We sang songs of worship and I shared about the significance of
being immersed as participating in Messiah's death and resurrection.
prayed and laid hands on the five who were declaring their faith in Yeshua
and then walked over to the beautiful pool.
The immersions took place in an open cave that is carved into those ancient
hills. One can not describe the sense of joy we all felt as I and another brother
entered the water to immerse these precious believers into the new life of
Yeshua. I could almost hear the trees and rocks cry out in joy as the
testimony of the New Creation was lived out in their midst. They came into
the water; we prayed over them; they were immersed; and prophetic words were
spoken over them. Then each walked out of the water into the mighty destiny
that God has set in place for them.
When the time came to immerse the three children, their father jumped into
the water fully dressed and helped to immerse them. He prayed over his beautiful
children and each came up beaming with the love of Messiah shining out from
them. We finished with a bit more worship and then shared a time of food and
We are witnessing the beginning of Israel's promised salvation. As we consider
this, let us remember Paul's words in Romans 11:12 - "If
their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches
for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring." And
again in the same chapter he declares: "If
Israel's rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance
be but life from the dead?" (Romans
The army of Jewish believers that one day must assemble to cry out "Blessed
is he who comes in the name of the Lord" (Mathew
beginning to be raised up. The results of Israel's salvation will be world
wide revival ("even greater riches" from vs. 12) and "life
from the dead" (vs. 15), a clear reference to the return of Yeshua and
the resurrection of the dead.
In these days we are also experiencing
Isaiah's prophecy that in the last days, "Many
peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of
Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law
will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Isaiah
the past several weeks during our daily morning Revive Israel ministry meetings,
we have had several groups from Korea, a large group of believers from China,
and representatives from Europe and South America all come to join us.
It is amazing to meet these believers from all over the world and witness their
deep hunger to connect with the Jewish Messianic Body of Believers in Israel.
Often as we gather to pray for them we sense a deep work of covenant being
birthed between us. God is building bridges that will serve as a highway for
His end-time purposes as He brings together His body into one new man.
This joining of "saved" Israel with the believers from the nations
is usually met with a fresh and powerful anointing for those who are visiting.
It is our belief that this fresh anointing is a fulfillment of God's promise
to bless the nations of the earth through Israel (Genesis 12 and Romans 11).
This week, we will also be praying for the participants of two outreach missions,
as God fulfills his word to send saved Israel to the nations in the Last Days.
A group of six young adults who have led and served in the Jerusalem city-wide
young adults’ meeting will be leaving for a ten day journey to meet with believers
and share the Gospel on the streets of Italy.
faithful young sister in our congregation will be sent forth to the Congo
for her second missionary journey to that nation. She will go where few white
people ever walk.
Israelis are going out to the distant corners of the earth to bring
that promised blessing to the nations of the earth. Truly, it is as if we are
living the Book of Acts again in these opening years of the 21st Century.